Skip to main content

Idea Organizing ... Before Pinterest

Before Pinterest, many of us had been collecting and organizing creative ideas for years ... in binders, photo albums and ... for me, on index cards!

My simple system was devoted mainly to home decor ideas gleaned online and in magazines (remember those?).  

My index cards were equivalent to Pinterest Pins ... it was easy to attach or jot down an idea (photo, sketch) on an index card, and add specific details ... paint color, materials used, etc. 

(If anyone knows the source of any of the decor ideas above, 
please let me know and I will link back.)

The index card topic dividers were the equivalent of Pinterest Boards. 

Pinterest has thankfully made this entire process so much easier, quicker and less cumbersome, but it's still fun to browse through these cards occasionally.  It brings back the excitement and joy of finding a neat new decor idea to try, or seeing an old idea in a totally different way and having it trigger another creative thought.

But who knows, perhaps I'll return to my index card system some day ... surely Pinterest won't be around forever, right?  My cards will!  

And, unlike Pinterest, my cards are stored in a cute little lidded box!  :)

Did you have a paper idea organizing method pre-Pinterest?  Do you still?  

Your comments are greatly appreciated and I look forward to your thoughts and ideas!  I try to respond to comments via email as soon as I can. If your email address isn't available, I will comment here. Thanks so much for visiting! 

  Shared with:
DIY Show Off


  1. Yes I did the same thing with recipes and I still have a huge folder of recipes I love! I enjoyed this post and brings back memories.

  2. That is so lovely. I used to keep ring binders with plastic wallets stuffed with magazine pages and also scrap book (the old style with sugar paper pages and lots of cutting and sticking going on!)
    Pinterest has changed everything, but I do still have my scrapbooks from back in the day and have been know to flick through them now and again!

  3. I used to clip recipes, gardening tips, and decoration ideas! Not as neatly organized as yours, though! What fun to go through and reminisce what caught your eye!

    1. So true, Bless! Ages ago I had a box that contained Flylady system zones, and even our GON branches (homemaking systems). I think that was the appeal - the versatility! :)

  4. Over 25 years ago in our other house, I had a small craft/sewing room in the basement, and the end wall was pasted with pages from magazines with ideas that appealed to me!

  5. The box is adorable... and as much as I love pintrest and the internet browsing, I love the touching and feeling of my binder full of magazine articles/ ideas jotted on notebook paper,scraps of fabric from days gone by.etc.
    THings do change, don't they?

  6. I have a notebook full of torn pages and the funny thing is that some of them are 10 years old and I still love them. I still love a notebook or something like your box. :)


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Frugal Craft Space - File Cabinet Makeover

After years of having our kitchen island serve as my craft table, I am excitedly creating a craft space in our guest room where craft supplies and equipment can remain set up and ready to go!  I envisioned a large craft table supported by two 2-drawer file cabinets.  The cabinets provide great storage, but were less than attractive and desperately needed a makeover.

The first criteria for the new craft space was to be frugal and to use items we already had on hand whenever possible - basically, the same criteria for any project we undertake. No surprise there!


Two metal 2-drawer file cabinets
Four decorative drawer pulls
Zinsser 123 Primer
Latex Paint
12 large wood paint stir sticks
Paint brush
Mitre saw box or hand saw 
Loctite Power Grab adhesive
220 grit sandpaper
Wood filler

We already had one file cabinet and located another of the exact same height at a local thrift store for only $15.  Along with being thrifty, an added bonus is that older metal file cabinets are made really well…

DIY Console Table Reveal

Last weekend we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and turned our garage into a workshop as we measured, measured again, cut, assembled and sanded the boards that would result in this beauty ....

To say that we like it is an understatement!  

This journey began with the need to replace our drastically undersized original console table and you can read more about that HERE.

Our inspiration was Ana White's Rustic X Console.  We followed Ana's wonderful free plans to construct the frame using 2" x 2" and 2" x 4" boards.  These were the only boards we had to purchase, as we had the two shelf boards (1" x 12" each) and three tabletop boards (2" x 6" each) on hand.

The finished dimensions are a whopping 76-1/2" x 18" x 32" - a little over 6 feet, making it much more appropriately sized for our 18' long wall (our original console table was only 42".)

You'll notice a few additional foyer changes as well.  The wall was…

Antique Map Chest

A treasured piece of furniture in our home is a chest of drawers that belonged to my dear father-in-law. This sweet chest made a long road trip years ago with hubby and I to our home in Texas from dear father-in-law's home in Ontario, Canada.
We have the perfect place for it in our dining room and it is a convenient and wonderful place to store all of my table linens.  It's very dark and layered in decades of aged varnish.  After a few years of being in our home, I painted gold stripes on the drawers.
Here's the before:
Recently, I was ready for a change but didn't want to totally refinish it or change the dark exterior.   When I ran across these George Stanley map design paper beverage napkins at Home Goods, I knew they'd be perfect to give the chest a new look!
Supplies used: ~~ Beverage napkins ~~ Mod Podge, Matte ~~ 2" disposable bristle brush ~~ Plastic wrap ~~ Folk Art Coffee Latte Craft Paint ~~ Dark paint (custom mix) ~~ Light paint (custom mix) 
The napkins were 3…